As you gradually try to conquer COVID cabin fever, perhaps some outstanding art exhibits might help stimulate the brain.

And maybe you start with one of Missoula's most popular artists, Monte Dolack.

After a two-and-a-half-month closure due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Montana Museum of Art and Culture at the University of Montana reopened its doors yesterday (Tuesday, May 19), with strict adherence to safety protocols outlined by the governor’s office.

The museum reopened with its popular exhibition “Monte Dolack: The Artist’s Nature” in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center and will extend its run until Aug. 29. Pictured is Mr. Dolack's "Suspension of Belief,” 2013, acrylic on copper.

The folks at the museum have waited a long time for this day and are excited to be back sharing art and culture in this time of global crisis.

Going forward, the museum will follow strict sanitation and social distancing procedures to protect its staff and visitors. This includes keeping visitor capacity at 50% and groups under 10 people, maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet between guests, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, sanitizing all surfaces touched by the public in common spaces and having visitors sign-in to facilitate contact tracing should a staff member or volunteer become ill.

The Montana Museum of Art and Culture is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2020, and is home to one of the oldest and deepest art collections in the Rocky Mountain Northwest. Its world-class collection of more than 11,000 objects includes significant historic and contemporary works of art.


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